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The Sounds of Harvest

Posted by Jane Leckie. Filed under Community, Vineyard

I love the sounds which accompany harvest – the rumbling vehicles of the pickers arriving pre dawn to begin the day’s work,  the warning signal of the tractor as it moves ahead of the team with bins ready to accept the ripe and sticky fruit, the rhythmic snip as bunches are culled from the vines and  the intermittent calls of  ’bucket!’ indicating another 15 kls of fruit is ready for collection.

Most especially I love the sound and tone of friendly chat among the vines. People who may not see each other from one harvest to the next exchange news of their  family, holidays and health. They chat about hobbies and interests – last week it was quilting and the restoration of vintage motor bikes that seemed predominant. They congratulate us on the quality of the fruit and of course I am particularly pleased by this but Julian says they probably say that to all the fruit producers they work with!  While our team of local pickers, many of whom have worked among our vines for many years, all know each other they warmly and quickly welcome new comers and draw them into the conversations. The buzz of the gossip continues throughout the morning but becomes quieter as the day progresses and the focus concentrates on completing the days pick. While harvest is a busy and exciting time for us it is the friendships that are formed and the sharing of chat that makes it most meaningful.
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Heathcote Wine & Food Festival offers something for everyone.

Posted by Jane Leckie. Filed under Community, Events

October is one of my favorite times of the year, the vineyard looks a picture with brilliant green buds emerging from the neatly wrapped cordons, the sun shines and daylight saving has begun giving us extra hours to work and relax before the amazing sunsets herald the end of the day.

It is also time for the Winegrowers of  Heathcote  to celebrate their years efforts and welcome to the region lovers of  the red wines for which Heathcote is renown  as well as many delightful white wines -perfect for a warm spring day. The Heathcote Wine and Food Festival  offers seminars and masterclasses for those who wish to build on their wine knowledge, live entertainment,  activities especially for children, a great variety of  food providers and specialty products from the region including olives, walnuts, cheeses and preserves. Come along and join us on the 8th and 9th of October, relax in the picnic atmosphere and meet the people who make the wine you enjoy. We look forward to seeing you.

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Some delightful feedback

Posted by Jane Leckie. Filed under Community

It is always good to hear from people about our wine, it is important to us that you share our enthusiasm for She-Oak Hill wines and that you let us know that you do. Below are some recent comments:

….it does seem a bit crazy shipping wine from elsewhere when we live in the heart of the Margaret River region, but we had a couple of bottles of your wine with our friends in Daylesford recently and were just blown away by it. You should be feeling very proud of what you’ve created. SG

Thanks again, it (the ’08 Shiraz) is a really lovely wine. NM

Had to really restrain myself from overdoing my intake of the ‘08 on the last three visits to … the Farmer’s Arms Hotel in Daylesford. RT

Thank you very much for bringing the wine the other day. It was lovely to see you. We opened the Chardonnay (’09) last night and really enjoyed it. JB

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